§ Mr. Ronnie Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly mental illness beds Northumberland Health Authority provides. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Northumberland Health Authority directly (or indirectly through a Total Fund managed by general practitioners in Tynedale) purchases in-patient mental health care for elderly people from the Northumberland Mental Health National Health Service Trust in the following locations.
Location Number of beds Type of service Tynedale Social Services 20 Assessment, respite and continuing care Berwick Infirmary 6 Assessment, respite and continuing care Blyth Social Services 8 Assessment, respite care Blyth Community Hospital 14 Continuing care St. George's Hospital 20 Assessment, respite care St. George's Hospital 46 Continuing care and respite care St. George's Hospital 20 Assessment/treatment of elderly functionally ill
Northumberland Health Authority, January 1998.